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morning on "early today" exit strategy. president obama set to make a major speech detailing his military draw-down plan in afghanistan. in full force. storm chasers follow a series of twisters in nebraska. and bump in the road. police dash cam video captures a hit-and-run with a black bear police dash cam video captures a hit-and-run with a black bear cub. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning.
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i'm lynn berry. today we begin with the next step. a decade into the war in afghanistan we'll soon find out what exactly president obama has planned in terms of winding down american support there. he is about to make that much anticipated announcement tomorrow. we go to tracie potts, who is in washington for us. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. it's coming in major speech tomorrow, and the white house says the president will do two things. first of all, let us know how many of those 100,000 troops currently serving in afghanistan will begin to come home in july. that's the president's self-imposed deadline. he had said in the past it will be a significant number of troops. estimates here on capitol hill range from 3,000 to 5,000. also, the president is expected to tell us what is the long-term plan here to get out of this war and turnover control to the afghanis by 2014. he got an update last week from general david petraeus, our top commander in afghanistan.
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president obama said to be still sifting through the options based on that. secretary of defense gates said that we have begun preliminary talks with the taliban, but he doesn't expect those talks will yield much for months. lynn. >> tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thank you. well, arizona's long raging monument fire may only be 40% contained, but still, the agonizing wait continues for evacuated residents wondering whether the wildfires have burned down their homes. nbc's chris klacum reports. >> reporter: unlike sunday, winds subsided monday in arizona's devastating wildfires, but not the emotions of victims caught in the middle. >> i just want to know if my house burned down. i thought maybe they would know. >> reporter: 12,000 people evacuated from just the area around sierra vista in
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southeastern arizona could only watch and wonder. >> what do you need from your house? >> well -- >> no, what do you need? >> oh, i need money and some -- >> reporter: residents wanting to return were turned back by law enforcement. fuel for these fired is this, dried up bust, lies combustible in the triple digit heat that has left hundreds of square miles scorched, but firefighters are optimistic that they're getting the upper hand. >> what we're looking at is lower temperatures, higher humidities today, which is very good. >> reporter: chris klacum, nbc news. arizona senator john mccain is trying to extinguish a political inferno. after saying this weekend there was "substantial evidence that those crossing the border illegally were partly responsible for arizona's fires." yesterday he defended those commends saying in a joint
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statement with two fellow republicans that a senior forest service official told him smp fires in arizona are caused by drug smugglers and illegal immigrants. however, while officials say three of arizona's major blazes are the result of human activity, whether illegal immigrants were involved is unknown. now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. storm chasers in nebraska had a very busy monday. several tornadoes across the state caused the public to clear the streets and even empty the stands at the college world series. damage discovered in the wake of the violent storms included overturned railcars, toppled power lines, and uprooted trees. no serious injuries, though, have been reported. a tennessee deputy's friday night run-in with black bear was recorded on dash cam. the bear cub ran on to the road and was rearended right there. it was knocked several feet down the road before it skamperred
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into the woods. we think he is okay. officials believe the animal is still in the vicinity. a series of explosions reduced a florida landmark to rubble. the 300 foot twin smokestacks came crashing down creating a cloud of dust from 18,000 tons of debris. once the clean-up project is complete, construction will begin on a new $1.3 billion oil and natural gas plant. and, finally, if you are looking for romance on the rails, a popular website has named the vienna fairfax station in virginia the most romantic subway station in the country. the label was attached to it because the station was mentioned the most in ads placed by commuters hoping to get in contact with a fellow passenger they shared a glance with. yes, that's how that works. now for a look at your national and regional weather. here's nbc meterologist bill karins. bill, good morning. i don't know if i would if i thi to place an ad in the newspaper,
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like, hey, were you that random guy in the train station? >> i was the one with the striped tie. >> holding a rose. >> beautiful brunette sitting across from me. >> i don't get it. there you have it. >> maybe there's a connection out there we don't know about. the pictures of those tornadoes were amazing. it's a big difference from tornadoes in rural areas and the ones that go through cities. the ones in rural areas look impressive and are beautiful. the ones that go through cities, we saw what happens when that occurs. 43 tornado reports. most of those were up here in kansas and nebraska. the wind damage was yashz of the blue dots, so there was a lot of severe weather in the central plains. we're continuing to attract the strong storms. minneapolis and rochester, this line is now heading through. thankfully just some strong winds with that. we haven't heard too many reports of any tornadoes or wind damage over the last couple of hours. that's weakening as expected during the overnight hours. also, some showers near philadelphia early this morning and some storms in pennsylvania. even d.c., probably you have a chance of a four or two early
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today. the hot conditions have really shifted now into the southeast. it was near 100 yesterday. today's severe weather threat in these areas of yellow. we're talking really from areas of arkansas back towards chicago. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. thunderstorms today in new orleans. columbus, ohio. also kansas city. pueblo, colorado, is 84 degrees. you're getting to that nice beautiful air on the back side of that storm system. i don't expect as many tornadoes as today as yesterday. widespread severe storms, however. lynn, we'll be talking about severe weather moving to the east as we go through wednesday. >> thanks so much. also coming up, the replacement of dot com. the new label warnings about lighting up, and airlines and new fees. plus, wondering why she's out of the new "transformers" movie? we have some answers. coming up, bad news fort dodgers and even worse news for
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albert pujols. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. the supreme court has blocked a class action lawsuit filed by up to 1.6 million women against wal-mart. the nation's largest private employer. the high court said the women did not have enough in common to justify lumping all their claims of discrimination into one massive lawsuit. in northwestern russia a passenger jet crashed while trying to land in heavy fog, killing 44 people. authorities say high intensity runway lights should have been deployed but weren't. eight people who survived the crash are in critical condition. michelle obama has arrived in south africa on her first major solo overseas trip as first lady. she's being accompanied by her
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mother, along with her daughters. a new u.n. report says oceans are facing an unprecedented catastrophic loss of species, impairable to it is extinction of the dinosaurs. reports blame pollution and over-fishing. a new study says the sound of whine issing more distracting to people than any other noise people typically find annoying. interestingly, it didn't matter whether someone was a parent or not. people asked by researchers to do traction problems made more mistakes while listening to whining than any other speech pattern or noise. for more on this check out the health page at msnbc.com. and here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,080 after gaining 76 points yesterday. the s&p inched up six points. the nasdaq added 13.
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taking a look at overseas trading, in tokyo the feek neek claimed 105 points, while in hong kong the hang seng rose 251. a lack of bad news and progress in greece's debt struggle helped stocks notch modest gains monday. facing mid-july default, euro finance ministers gave greece two weeks to approve strict austerity measures in return for billions more in emergency loans. that helped the s&p 500 record its third straight plus day. the longest win streak in nearly a month. the so-called fear index had its biggest daily drop since march. the internet's global coordinator of probed website addresses ending in corporate names triggering a huge shake-up in how the web will operate. the nation's credit union regulator filed lawsuits seeking more than $800 million against jp morgan securities and royal bank of scotland securities relating to the failure of five
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corporate credit unions. government approval of a tamper resistant pain drug for pfizer and acura pharmaceuticals sent acura jumping 16%. on the first day of the paris air show, europe's airbus bagged over $14 billion in orders, outselling bowing's $9 billion. there are nine new cigarette warning labels depict the in graphic detail the negative health effects of smoking. last year spirit airlines gave us the $45 carry-on bag fee, but now spirit will charge $5 if a gate agent prints your boarding pass. next year spirit will charge $1 for airport kiosk printing. and, finally, remember paul the predicting octopus? well, eight new contestants will compete during the upcoming women's world cup to see which will become paul's worthy successor. well, the yanks jump on the
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reds early. a brief pitcher does it all. and it's never too late to make your very first trip to the ballpark. plus, white sox manager ozzy gets the heave hoe in the battle of the windy city. the early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in weather, severe thunderstorms in the middle of the country and a beautiful forecast for our friends on the west coast. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you are just waking up, this is "early today," and in sports the uncertainty hanging over los angeles dodgers, one of major league baseball's marquee franchises just got worse. just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the dodgers, it did. major league baseball has rejected air proposed $3 billion tv contract with fox. the league is concerned that the up front money from the deal would not go to the team, but be used to pay off debt and divorce expenses. the next move from the court will be to sue major league baseball or sell the team. bad news for the cardinals. albert pujols will miss games after a broken forearm. an mri revealed the worse for
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pujols and the cards. battalions of chicago. cubs and white sox tied 3-3. penia had a three-run bomb in the sixth. bottom of the inning. ramirez heavied hit one right in front of home plate. the umpire said it was fair. ramirez was tagged out. out came -- he lost the argument and the game. the north ciders won it 6-3. braves tim hudson took it upon himself and single-handedly beat the blue jays. in the seventh put atlanta on the board with a two-run homer. hudson simply did it all for the braves. they won it 2-0. alex rodriguez sparked a four-run first to the rbi single. nothing going right. chris with a shot to third. while running down the line, slipped on his own bat. the yanks took down the reds 5-3. finally, alina smith proved you are never too old to attend yourself first baseball game.
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she celebrated her 94th birthday with a trip to the ballgame. when asked what she wanted to do after the game, she said she wanted to go dancing. that's an early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred rogan. >> that's great. who is going and who is staying on the hit tv show "glee?" your headlines are straight ahead. sflimplgts plus, military family reunions are emotional enough, trainside or dockside. make it a surprise, and you have really got emotions flowing. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this tuesday. we have a lot of bad weather out there this morning. heavy rain, gusty winds with a squall line from minnesota up into wisconsin. we're also watching isolated showers and downpours heading through areas outside of philadelphia and d.c. keep that in mind for your morning commute. later this afternoon, you notice how widespread the thunderstorms are going to be. st. louis, little rock, and even dallas had a strong line go through early this morning. tomorrow we'll watch strong storms in areas like new york city. if you are watching us on whdh in boston, mass, walk through a tropical oasis among free-frying residents and exotic plants at the butterfly garden at the museum of science. that's your early today monarch event of the day. >> thank you so much. well, here's an early look at this morning's headlines. excuse me. in entertainment. apparently the creator of the
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hit show "glee" meant what he said about keeping the program high school real. ryan murphy confirmed to ryan sea credit crest with the exception of matt morris and jane lynch, at the end of next season the student cast members will graduate and no longer be on the show. 34-year-old "jackass" cast member died in a car crash in philadelphia early monday morning. police believe speed was a factor and friends with him sunday night say he was drinking. and, finally, curious where meagan fox won't be in the third "transformers" movie "dabbing dark of the moon" later this month. it's because bill started hanging out with her. the director says it's because she was unfocused in a different world, always on her blackberry, and the final straw a comment she made in an interview comparing bay on the set to hitler. after hearing that, the executive producer steven
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speilberg said "fire her right now." >> not the smartest. >> that will do it. >> looks will only get you so far, right, lynn? look at me. >> exactly. look at bill. well, this comes to us from k-5 news in seattle, washington, where in nearby tacoma a father's day dinner turned into a perfect setup for a special surprise for one dad's little girl. crystal thought she was at a rest raubt to celebrate father's day with her family. that is until she heard a familiar voice. it was her boyfriend home one day early from iraq. he followed that surprise with another one popping the question, giving dad, daughter, and future son-in-law all a father's day to remember. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. will fios really give me the best hd picture quality?
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and this is what it looks like right now at 4:28. 68 degrees outside on this first day of official summer. later on this afternoon, it will begin. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome on this tuesday, june 21st, 2011. today congressman anthony weiner officially resigns his house seat. he sent resignation letters to the new york attorney general
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and the two house leaders last night. his official resignation is expected to be read on the house floor today. his resignation follows a quick fall from grace after he admitted sending half naked pictures of himself to women other than his wife and then lied to cover up. his house seat will remain empty until a special election can be held. also today, president obama is expected to announce plans to start bringing home u.s. troops from afghanistan. the troop withdrawal is expected to begin in july. the blueprint would also give plans for afghans to take control of their security in 2014. u.s. troops have been in afghanistan for nearly ten years. the pentagon says just over 1,600 americans have been killed. following the announcement, the president will travel to ft. drum on thursday to meet with troops. that is home to the 10th mountain division, one of the most frequently deployed divisions to afghanistan and iraq. some are speculating the president is also planning a major announcement on gay

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